Lions offseason workout schedule set

Posted Apr 3, 2014

The Lions will have two minicamps (one voluntary and one mandatory) and 10 OTA practices this offseason

The Lions offseason workout schedule is set.

The Lions, because they have a new coaching staff in place, are allowed to start their offseason training program two weeks early this year on April 7.

Ziggy AnsahDE Ziggy Ansah during last year's rookie mini-camp. (Photo: AP Images)

Each team’s official, voluntary nine-week offseason program is conducted in three phases.

Phase One: consists of the first two weeks of the program with activities limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only.

Phase Two: consists of the next three weeks of the program. On-field workouts may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a “separates” basis. No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills is permitted.

Phase Three: consists of the next four weeks of the program. Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of organized team practice activity, or “OTAs”.  No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.

Clubs may also hold one mandatory minicamp for veteran players. This minicamp must occur during Phase Three of the offseason program.

Head coaches hired after the end of the 2013 season are also entitled to conduct an additional voluntary veteran minicamp. This voluntary minicamp for the Lions will be help April 22-24.

Each team may also hold a rookie football development program for seven weeks, which may begin on May 12. During this time, no activities may be held on weekends, with the exception of one post-NFL Draft rookie minicamp, which may be conducted on either the first or second weekend following the draft. The NFL hasn’t released the dates of the post-draft rookie minicamps yet.

Lions offseason workout schedule:

First day: April 7

Voluntary minicamp: April 22-24

OTA offseason workouts: May 20-22, May 27-29, June 2-5

Mandatory minicamp: June 10-12